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Stunning drone footage has revealed details of the Batagaika Crater, a mile-long gash in Russia’s Far East that forms the largest permafrost crater in the world.
In the video, two explorers climb over rugged terrain at the base of the depression, marked by jagged surfaces and small knolls, which began to form after the surrounding forest was cleared in the 1960s and the permafrost below ground began to thaw, causing the land to subside.
“We locals call it ‘the collapse,'” local resident and crater explorer Erel Struchkov told Reuters as he stood on the rim of the crater. “It developed in the 1970s, first as a ravine. Then, as it thawed in the heat of sunny days, it began to expand.”
Scientists say Russia is warming at least 2.5 times faster than the rest of the world, melting the long-frozen tundra that covers around 65% of the country’s landmass and releasing greenhouse gases stored in the thawed ground.
The “gateway to the underworld”, as some residents of the Russian Republic of Sakha also call it, has a scientific name: a mega-crisis.
And while it may attract tourists, the expanding crisis is “a sign of danger”, said Nikita Tananayev, a senior researcher at the Melnikov Institute of Permafrost in Yakutsk.
“In the future, with rising temperatures and increasing anthropogenic pressure, we will see more and more of these mega-slumps forming, until all the permafrost is gone,” Ms Tananayev told Reuters.
Thawing permafrost has already threatened cities and towns in northern and northeastern Russia, warping roads, separating homes and disrupting pipelines. Extensive forest fires, which have intensified in recent seasons, are compounding the problem.
Sakha residents have taken note of the rapid growth of the crater.
“(Two years ago, the edge) was about 20-30 meters from this path. And now, apparently, it’s much closer,” Struchkov said.
Scientists are unsure of the exact rate at which the Batagaika crater is expanding. But MsTananayev says the ground beneath the collapse, which is around 100 meters deep (328 feet) in some areas, contains a “tremendous amount” of organic carbon that will release into the atmosphere as the permafrost thaws, fueling further global warming.
“With an increase in air temperature, we can expect (the crater) to expand at a higher rate,” he said. “This will lead to more and more global warming in the years to come.”
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